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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Aug 4, 2011 5:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH for That 80s Mood -the repertoire

That large catalog is a double-edged sword from my viewpoint, but it's a major reason why I keep on venturing around in the 80s. If you limit your listening to 68-72, you never hear some really great, important pieces in the repertoire, like Eyes, Help/Slip/Franklins or Scarlet/Fire, not to mention all the cover tunes added in the 80s. The downside - the larger catalog is also a factor in the blown lyrics.

Sure, that can be linked to increased drug use and lack of rehearsal, but there's no excuse for blowing lyrics of songs you've sung for years. I've always found it remarkable that Bob can remember every word of "Memphis Blues" or "Queen Jane" and fall down on the first verse of Truckin'. On the other hand, one of the many things I admire most about Garcia is his encyclopedic memory for songs. He had thousands of them tucked in his brain... and I forgive him readily when he blows a lyric, unless it's a complete meltdown... and we know the causes for that.

And then we complain about TOO getting overplayed and the lack of new jamming vehicles in the latter years... are deadheads never satisfied?! ;-}